ISU’s Three-Point Barrage Defeats Men’s Basketball, 76-64

first_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Bradley 1/30/2016 – 2:00 PM Next Game: Box Score (PDF) Story Links ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 / The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Preview Buy Tickets NORMAL, Ill. – A second-half surge and 15 three-pointers allowed the Illinois State men’s basketball team to defeat Drake, 76-64, Tuesday night at Redbird Arena in the second meeting between the two teams this season.Illinois State (12-10, 6-3 MVC), which came into the game shooting 31.7 percent from the three-point arc on the season, was 15-of-28  (53.6 percent) from the arc with leading scorer MiKyle McIntosh going 4-of-4 from three-point range for 25 points. Deontae Hawkins was 5-of-6 from the arc and finished with 17 points.”They’re more athletic than us at every spot so we have to do some things differently to have a chance,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti of the Bulldogs’ initial defensive strategy to force three-point shot attempts.Drake (5-16, 0-9 MVC) shot 54.5 percent from the floor with sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) leading the way with 19 points while Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) added 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting with five assists. Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) continued his strong play with nine points and a career-high eight rebounds.Illinois State took control of the contest in the opening minutes of the second half with a 17-0 run over a three-minute span to take a 57-37 lead with 13:46 left in the game. During that span, the Bulldog offense was stymied by going 0-of-5 from the floor with five turnovers. The Bulldogs finished the evening with 21 turnovers that led to 27 Redbird points. “Each little four-minute segment, you have to be efficient, do the little things and you can’t have 21 turnovers on the road,” Giacoletti said.However, the resilient Bulldogs did not allow that punch to become a knockout as they scored 11-straight points, seven of them from Timmer, to pull within nine points, 57-48, with nine minutes left.”We’re at a fragile point right now with 10 freshmen and sophomores and they didn’t break,” Giacoletti said. “We probably had two or three chances to break tonight and didn’t. They hung together. Illinois State did a great job of doubling us and making us have to go make plays.” The Bulldogs’ first attempt to pull any closer was thwarted by back-to-back turnovers that allowed Illinois State to get on another run and take the lead back out to 17 points, 70-53, with 4:36 left on McIntosh’s final three-pointer of the night.But Drake weathered that blow by scoring nine-straight points to pull within eight points, 70-62, on an Arogundade jumper with 2:21 left before the Redbirds’ Hawkins answered with a three-pointer to effectively secure the win for the home squad.”We got better on this road trip,” Giacoletti added. “We had a chance to win at Loyola and tonight could have gotten ugly. I think we’re starting to come together a little bit more.”Drake found itself down five at halftime, 40-35, despite shooting 61.9 percent, its fourth-highest first-half average of the season, and 55.6 percent from the three-point arc. The Redbirds, who made their first five shots of the game, ended the period shooting 50 percent from the arc with 15 points scored off of the Bulldogs’ 10 first-half turnovers.Drake returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 when it hosts Bradley at the Knapp Center. Tipoff for the first meeting of the season between the two MVC rivals is scheduled for 2 p.m. The contest will be broad on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more